This project aims
not just to restore but to conserve the
temple of Banteay Chmar in its natural
state. For the local people, this temple holds a
special place within the community, not only as a
place of common ground, but also as a sanctuary, and
of course, somewhere to practice their worship.
The commune of Banteay
Chhmar contains 14 villages and there are 4 villages
around the temple with 6,312 pleople. The name was
taken from the large temple, called Banteay Chmar,
which translates to Small Base.
This project is
important to the local people in this area. By these
projects we hope to get more and more tourists, both
Khmer and foreigners, to visit this area so that the
local economy is boosted.
instruction while on the project.
TYPICAL SCHEDULE EXAMPLE:
Your programme will start with an introduction week where you’ll visit cultural sites in Siem Reap and learn about language and rich culture of Cambodia. It’s a great way to get to the town and everything required to make your stay more comfortable.
After Siem Reap you will move on to the location of your programme where the introduction week continues. If your programme is 2 weeks or less you can choose to do a few days or opt out of the introduction week and go straight to your project. Please let your Project Coordinator aware of this upon booking.
All volunteers will meet up in Siem Reap and travel
to Banteay Chmar by taxi or bus. It takes 1.30 hours
from Siem Reap to Banteay Meanchey (Sisophon) and
another 1.30 hour from Sisophon to Banteay Chmar.
You'll travel to your home stay in the town and
arrive in time for dinner.
In the morning, the coordinator will meet
all the volunteers to introduce you to Banteay Chmar
and to explain about the projects. You'll then
explore the village and visit some satelite temples.
You'll return to the
home stay to have lunch, then continue onto Banteay
Chmar temple (the biggest temple in the area ).
You'll visit the local Handicraft Centre (scarf
weaving) on the way back.
You'll begin to work on the temple's main
renovation and preservation. You work
responsibilities could include:
temples by cutting back overgrown bushes, trees
and grass in the surrounding area within the
Cleaning up the
temples, picking up trash, removal of some
Planting trees in
the temple compound, making environmental signs.
Weekends will be free time. You can stay at
the home stay, visit temples and other tourist spots
in the region, or go to some of the cities near to
Banteay Chmar to do some exploring.
This schedule can be
changed and/or amended depending on weather
conditions, local conditions and unforeseen